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Girl Guides Australia (1926 - )

From
1926
Australia
Alternative Names
  • Girl Guides Association of Australia Incorporated
Website
http://www.girlguides.org.au
Location
Suite 1, 460 Elizabeth Street, Surry Hills, NSW 2010 PO Box 6, Strawberry Hills, NSW 2012.

Summary

The first meeting of the Girl Guides Association of Australia Incorporated was held in Melbourne in 1926. The formation of this national body came over a decade after the first guides group was formed in Tasmania, the Girl Peace Scouts. Other states quickly followed and by the time a national body was established, all states in Australia had guides groups.

The Association celebrated their seventy-fifth birthday in 1985 and at that time had approximately 100,000 members.

Details

In Tasmania Girl Peace Scouts, corresponding with the organisation of the same name in New Zealand, were formed as early as 1909-10, while in New South Wales the Australian League of Girl Aids, recognised in affiliation with the Boy Scouts Association, was formed at the same time. In Victoria, the Florence Nightingale Girl Aids were established in 1909, and recognised as Baden-Powell Girl Guides in 1911. Guiding in Western Australia began in 1915 at a public meeting in Perth Town Hall under the sponsorship of the Women's Service Guild.

Some of these groups were later disbanded with the outbreak of World War I in 1914, but many reformed and were then officially registered as branches of the British association. In the early days these separate groups did not know of each other's existence, because of our great distances and the scarcity of detailed records. Few of these were kept because the pioneers of Guiding did not realise the significance of what they were establishing, nor what a vast movement it would become.

Eventually each state became organised, setting up a headquarters, forming a state executive and appointing a state commissioner. Tasmania was first in 1911 followed by South Australia in 1913, Western Australia in 1915, Queensland in 1919, New South Wales in 1920 and Victoria in 1921.

In 2004, Guides Australia described its mission as: 'Helping girls and young women grow into confident, self-respecting, responsible community member.'

All Australian Guides, youth and adults, make the same Promise, use the same Laws, and wear the same badge. (The words on the badge say Guides Australia)

Guide Promise
I promise that I will do my best,
to do my duty to God,
to serve the Queen and my Country,
to help other people and to keep the Guide Law.
The Guide Laws

A Guide is loyal and can be trusted

A Guide is helpful

A Guide is polite and considerate

A Guide is friendly and a sister to all Guides

A Guide is kind to animals and respects all living things

A Guide is obedient

A Guides has courage and is cheerful in all difficulties

A Guide makes good use of her time

A Guide takes care of her own possessions and those of other people

A Guide is self-controlled in all she thinks says and does

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Archival resources

Archives Office of Tasmania

  • Girl Guides Association [of Tasmania], 1910 - 1970, NS 542; Girl Guides Australia (1926 - ); Archives Office of Tasmania. Details

Australian Historic Records Register

  • Ajana Girl Guides and Brownies: community organisation records, 1956 - 1974, 2008; Australian Historic Records Register. Details
  • Girl Guides Association (NSW) ACT: community organisation records, 1926 - 1988, 3236; Australian Historic Records Register. Details
  • Girl Guides Association of Australia Incorporated: community organisation records, 1924 - 1987, 2418; Australian Historic Records Register. Details
  • Girl Guides Association, Gympie District: community organisation records, 20; Australian Historic Records Register. Details
  • Girl Guides Association, WA (Inc.), 1915 - 1987, 2980; Girl Guides Australia (1926 - ); Australian Historic Records Register. Details

Australian War Memorial Research Centre

  • Members of the Girl Guides Association (South Australia) working in the depot, P00951.001; The Advertiser Krischok Photo; Australian War Memorial Research Centre. Details

Geelong Heritage Centre, Geelong City Council

  • Geelong Kindergarten Girl Guides Company, 1930 - 1938, GRS 630; Girl Guides Australia (1926 - ); Geelong Heritage Centre, Geelong City Council. Details
  • Girl Guides Association of Victoria. Aberdeen Street, Geelong, Vic. Branch, 1925 - 1970, GRS 1440; Girl Guides Australia (1926 - ); Geelong Heritage Centre, Geelong City Council. Details
  • Girl Guides Association of Victoria. St John's Branch, 1938 - 1969, GRS 1402; Geelong Heritage Centre, Geelong City Council. Details

JS Battye Library of West Australian History, State Library of Western Australia

  • Collection of material relating to the Girl Guides Association of Western Australia, 1977- - , PR10696; JS Battye Library of West Australian History, State Library of Western Australia. Details
  • Interview with Alison Cairns [sound recording], OH2553/5; JS Battye Library of West Australian History, State Library of Western Australia. Details
  • Interview with Daphne Foulkes-Taylor [sound recording], OH2553/21; JS Battye Library of West Australian History, State Library of Western Australia. Details
  • [Interview with Ethel Moore [sound recording], OH2553/23; JS Battye Library of West Australian History, State Library of Western Australia. Details
  • Interview with Gwen Mellowship [sound recording, OH2553/12; JS Battye Library of West Australian History, State Library of Western Australia. Details
  • Interview with Joan McLean [sound recording], OH2553/11; JS Battye Library of West Australian History, State Library of Western Australia. Details
  • Interview with Kathleen Baird [sound recording], OH2553/1; JS Battye Library of West Australian History, State Library of Western Australia. Details
  • Interview with Kathleen Brockway [sound recording]; JS Battye Library of West Australian History, State Library of Western Australia. Details
  • Interview with Lorna Cooper [sound recording], OH2553/19; JS Battye Library of West Australian History, State Library of Western Australia. Details
  • Interview with Marjorie Blyth [sound recording], OH2553/4; JS Battye Library of West Australian History, State Library of Western Australia. Details
  • Interview with Pamela McGregor [sound recording], OH2553/13; JS Battye Library of West Australian History, State Library of Western Australia. Details
  • Interview with Rev. Lee Edwards [sound recording], OH2553/20; JS Battye Library of West Australian History, State Library of Western Australia. Details
  • Recording of an interview with the Kendenup LV Oborne Guides and Brownies [sound recording], OH198; JS Battye Library of West Australian History, State Library of Western Australia. Details
  • Records of the Bedford Park Scouts and Guides, 1960 - 1991, MN 1796/ACC 5372A; JS Battye Library of West Australian History, State Library of Western Australia. Details

National Library of Australia Newspaper Microcopy Reading Room

  • [Biographical cuttings on Eleanor Manning, former Chief Commissioner of the Girl Guides]; National Library of Australia Newspaper Microcopy Reading Room. Details

National Library of Australia Oral History Collection

  • [Conversation with Margaret Curtis-Otter] [sound recording] / [interviewer: Hazel de Berg]., ORAL DeB 906-907; National Library of Australia Oral History Collection. Details

State Library of New South Wales

  • Cutler family - papers, 1909-1995, 1909 - 1995, MLMSS 7151/1-32/10; State Library of New South Wales. Details
  • You can't help liking them [motion picture], NSL:F B4830*; State Library of New South Wales. Details

State Library of South Australia, Mortlock Library of South Australiana

  • George Woodroffe Goyder, 1874 - 1971, PRG 491; State Library of South Australia, Mortlock Library of South Australiana. Details
  • Grace Margaret Lewis, 1898 - 1968, PRG 254; State Library of South Australia, Mortlock Library of South Australiana. Details
  • Guides SA Oral History Project, 1980 - 2001, OH 610; State Library of South Australia, Mortlock Library of South Australiana. Details
  • Guides South Australia, 1927 - 1967, SRG 745; State Library of South Australia, Mortlock Library of South Australiana. Details
  • Interview with Aileen Bond [sound recording] Interviewer: Yvonne Abbott, 1985, SRG 438/29/20; Bond, Aileen (1898 - ); State Library of South Australia, Mortlock Library of South Australiana. Details
  • Interview with Elma Sandford-Morgan [sound recording] Interviewer: Aileen Bond, 1982, SRG 438/29/30; Sandford-Morgan, Elma (1890 - 1983); State Library of South Australia, Mortlock Library of South Australiana. Details
  • Interview with Elsie Haselgrove [sound recording] Interviewer: Yvonne Abbott, 1988, SRG 438/29/11; Haselgrove, Elsie (1903 - ); State Library of South Australia, Mortlock Library of South Australiana. Details
  • Interview with Lorna Adams [sound recording] Interviewer: Neil Baron, OH 326/7; State Library of South Australia, Mortlock Library of South Australiana. Details
  • Letters received by Ellie Wemyss, 1901 - 1948, PRG 91/4; State Library of South Australia, Mortlock Library of South Australiana. Details
  • Marion Sinclair Records, 1900 - 1988, PRG 670; State Library of South Australia, Mortlock Library of South Australiana. Details
  • Papers relating to Girl Guides, 1929 - 1933, D 6920(Misc); State Library of South Australia, Mortlock Library of South Australiana. Details
  • Recording of the Forty-fifth Anniversary Meeting of the Adelaide Trefoil Guild [sound recording], 1990, OH 165; State Library of South Australia, Mortlock Library of South Australiana. Details

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